Many prostate cancers are slow growing and have a low chance of spreading and causing harm over a patient’s lifetime. In these instances, your doctor may suggest active surveillance or watchful waiting as a possible option.
Active surveillance is a management option where your doctor closely monitors your cancer using prostate-specific antigen (PSA) tests, digital rectal exams, ultrasounds and biopsies. If a change indicates your cancer is becoming more aggressive, your doctor will talk with you about treatment options.
Watchful waiting involves less testing than active surveillance. You and your doctor monitor any changes in your symptoms to determine if you would benefit from treatment.
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